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Bill Keating's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: U.S. House (MA) - District 9, Democratic

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Bill Keating has failed to provide voters with positions on key issues covered by the 2018 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests from Vote Smart and voters like you.

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  • "Received 100% rating from Planned Parenthood and NARAL for work to protect women's access to healthcare coverage." (www.keatingforcongress.com)
  • "Bill is a strong supporter of women's reproductive rights and policies that afford access to legal, safe reproductive healthcare services. Most recently, he opposed H.R. 3, a bill that aims to rescind tax credits for small businesses that provide their employees with healthcare coverage plans that include legal abortion services." (votesmart.org)
  • "#AHCA = $600b in tax breaks for the wealthiest paid for by the rest of us - $5k extra out of pocket in 2017 alone for #MA09 residents 55-64." (twitter.com)
  • Signed a letter stating: "·Preserving the agreement in the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2013 that required increased spending to be spread evenly between defense spending and non-defense discretionary accounts which have both been harmed by the ongoing sequester;" (votesmart.org)
  • Signed a letter stating: "As negotiations over the omnibus spending agreement continue, we urge you to resist any attempt to include a controversial campaign finance provision relaxing political party coordination limits. This change would be a travesty coming on the heels of last year's erosion of the limits on big donor contributions to the parties. Americans have a right to expect that political parties and candidates will answer to them, but this change in the law would only further surrender the party apparatus to the influence of millionaires and billionaires." (votesmart.org)
  • "Bill supported passage of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, which was signed into law in 2014. This law includes key provisions of the Workforce Investment Act, which would improve the nation’s workforce investment infrastructure, focusing on finding workers jobs and careers through strategic partnerships with in-demand sector employers, community colleges, labor organizations, and non-profits." (keating.house.gov)
  • "Bill is working to get Americans back to work through cosponsoring the National Infrastructure Development Bank Act— which would fund and create a bank that would direct public and private dollars toward infrastructure projects of national or regional significance." (keating.house.gov)
  • "Instead of tax breaks to companies that ship jobs overseas, Bill has advocated for policies that reward companies that create jobs here in Massachusetts." (keating.house.gov)
  • Signed letter stating "The irresponsible tax cuts you are pursuing will explode the federal deficit, violating the principle, enshrined in the 2010 Statutory PAYGO law, that tax cuts should be paid for. Under that law, your unpaid-for tax cuts, if enacted, will trigger automatic, across-the board cuts to Medicare, the farm safety net, and other programs. Given the lack of bipartisanship to date in your effort to provide massive tax cuts to the wealthy at the expense of the middle class while adding $1.5 trillion to the deficit, it will be your responsibility to deal with these consequences." (votesmart.org)
  • Voted against HR 1 "Tax Cuts and Jobs Act" (votesmart.org)
  • "To sustain the American Dream for all students and for America to fully compete in the global marketplace, Bill believes we need to be spending more time and resources on providing our younger generations with an affordable, quality education that will not leave them with thousands of dollars in debt." (www.keatingforcongress.com)
  • "It is Congress' responsibility to support ESSA implementation through funding ESSA programs. We must continue Title II-A investments to support teachers, school leaders, and paraprofessionals, improve instruction, and ensure that all students graduate high school poised for lifelong success." (votesmart.org)
  • "The most effective way of securing our nation's future prosperity is by investing in our children's education. Bill has worked with determination to provide public schools with the necessary resources to maintain high levels of educational excellence and prepare our children for the emerging technologies of the 21st century." (votesmart.org)
  • "Bill strongly supports energy policies that increase the use of clean, renewable sources, such as solar and wind; decrease our reliance on fossil fuels; create hundreds of clean energy jobs throughout Massachusetts; and lead to important cost-savings for our local municipalities. He believes that investments in these sources are critical to our global responsibility to combat the threats of climate change and preserve our community for future generations." (keating.house.gov)
  • "He is also a strong supporter of renewable energy projects, which will create jobs and lower our energy costs while protecting our environment and reducing our dependence on foreign oil. Bill knows that investments in green technologies and renewable energies are a direct investment in our regional economy." (www.keatingforcongress.com)
  • "Bill also understands that the possibilities of clean energy production are endless when invested in by public-private partnerships and federal funding. He has strongly supported the extension of federal tax incentives that will allow renewable energy industries on- and off-shore to grow." (keating.house.gov)
  • "While in Congress, Bill has strongly opposed repeated attacks on environmental protections that have a direct impact on water and food quality and would have severe health and economic implications." (www.keatingforcongress.com)
  • "He has cosponsored numerous pieces of legislation that would institute common-sense gun laws, including the Large Capacity Ammunition Feeding Device Act, the Fire Sale Loophole Closing Act,the Fix Gun Checks Act, and the Gun Trafficking Prevention Act." (keating.house.gov)
  • "Bill strongly opposes the legal availability of high-capacity, military-grade firearms, which are strictly weapons of war. He is an active member of the Congressional Gun Violence Prevention Task Force, which was formed in the wake of the horrific mass shooting in Newtown, Connecticut. The Task Force seeks ways of reducing and preventing gun violence." (keating.house.gov)
  • "Bill believes that access to high-quality, affordable healthcare is a basic human right. While he was not in Congress when the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) was voted on in 2009, he is a strong proponent of health care reform as originated in Massachusetts, which has been an unrivaled success." (keating.house.gov)
  • "Bill's conversations with community members have led him to understand that everyone knows someone who has been positively impacted by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act." (votesmart.org)
  • Voted against HR 596 "Repeal of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and Health Care-Related Provisions in the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010" (votesmart.org)
  • "This bill is not the devastatingly slim budget proposed by the President; instead it provides critical funding for a number of initiatives of great significance to Massachusetts’ South Coast, South Shore, Cape, and Islands – from coastal resiliency to combating the opioid epidemic. It also rejects funding for outdated programs and political stunts such as President Trump’s Border Wall, while preserving or increasing funding for worthwhile programs such as Planned Parenthood and the National Institutes of Health." (www.facebook.com)
  • Signed letter stating "We urge you to respond to Texas's threat to your executive authority by directing the Attorney General to use all legal options to defend DACA and ensure that nearly one million DREAMers continue to contribute to our nation." (votesmart.org)
  • Despite exhaustive research, Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
  • Signed a letter stating: "Absent credible and accurate information confirming a material breach, we are concerned that withholding certificatoin of Iran's compliance or walking away from the JCOPA would harm our alliances, embolden Iran, and threaten U.S. national security." (votesmart.org)
  • "Both candidates said they support airstrikes against ISIS, and they both oppose deploying American ground troops in the 'traditional sense,' as Keating put it. Where they disagree is on a proposal that passed last month to arm and train Syrian rebels. Keating voted against the proposal out of concern that the rebels are infiltrated by terrorists and setting their sights more on removing Syrian President Bashar al-Assad than quashing the ISIS threat." (votesmart.org)

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